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TaylorA Taylor police officer was fatally shot early this morning at an apartment complex near Telegraph and Northline. A second person also was shot, police said.

Both were taken to Oakwood Hospital. The condition for the other person shot wasn’t available, state police said. Troopers with the Michigan State Police Metro South Post were helping with traffic and reconstructing the scene, police said.

Police at the scene taped off the area, keeping media and public away. Officers at the scene didn’t comment. Police also haven’t released the name of the officer or details related to the shooting.

The incident happened about 5:30 a.m. at the Coppertree Apartments, 12553 Pine St., police said.

Residents said they heard numerous shots and saw the officer on the ground screaming for help near a police cruiser.

A gun was on the pavement at the apartments this morning. Residents said they often fear for their safety at the large complex.

“We’re constantly having break-ins around here,” resident Mark Rakowski said. “The thieves will just walk right into your house. I feel so bad about this officer.

“I have a gun and permit, and I am going to start carrying. It is just too dangerous around here. What a nightmare.”

Teresa Webster said gunfire is frequent enough that she did not pay much mind to the numerous shots she heard early this morning.

“I heard the shots. There were a lot of them,” she said. “They woke me up. But I didn’t think much of them because we hear so many gunshots around here.

“There was a stabbing here about a month ago. And three days ago, I found a body in a car in the parking lot. We thought (a teenaged male in the front seat) was passed out, but he was dead.”

Deborah Brown was considering moving out of the complex after fights between teens began to increase over the past month. Today’s incident has convinced her to move out.

“It sounded like war,” she said of gunfire that woke her. “It is awful. I’m done.”

In July 2007, Wendy Meinke was fatally shot at the complex after defending her 22-year-old son there during an altercation. Two men were convicted in the shooting of Meinke, a 38-year-old mother of six children.

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